We write in response to George Will's May 21 column, "The sad state of women's studies." Women's studies is thriving at the University of Nebraska. On the Lincoln campus, a major in this field has been offered for 25 years. In Kearney, students have been able to earn a minor in women's studies since 1989; a recent student conference there drew nearly 100 participants. Just 15 months after its approval at UNO, 11 students are pursuing the major in women's studies.
This discipline helps students answer questions and prepare for careers as no other field can. Among women's studies majors at UNO are students planning careers where they'll work to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Others will go into business, the public sector or graduate school.
Falconer Al-Hindi, Karen; Ritchie, Joy; and Wysocki, Diane Kholos, "Women's studies is a vital, useful pursuit" (2002). Geography and Geology Faculty Publications. 47.